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Easily boot from USB drives on Macs
Authored by: mikemrclean on Feb 07, '07 02:49:44PM

Actually I am loading my iBook 500 g3 with tiger from a USB 1.1 as I type this. I tried a lot of goofing around but working with an old USB external DVD is working fine. I replaced the iBook hard drive and didn't have a CD version of Tiger. The external drive is an old USB klunker. I did find that the DVD drive you use makes a great difference. It seems half the DVD rom (IDE) drives out there do NOT provide the boot code the MAC wants to see. I have three drives that would not boot my iBook. The one I am using now is a Samsung (ugg) DVD/CDRW from Micro-XXXX. (The $29 variety) Boot with the option key, Bios shows both the internal and external DVD and has allowed a flawless (pretty slow) installation.

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Michael



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